Snow Accumulations Mean Banner Year for Colorado Ski Country

Eight Colorado Ski Resorts Break Season Snowfall Records

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – DENVER, Colo. – April 24, 2008 – Aspen/Snowmass, Photo: Transworld SNOW
Mother Nature has been kind to Colorado this winter season, as eight of Colorado Ski Country USA’s 26 member resorts received record snowfall accumulations and many more recorded above average snowfall.

2007-08 Season Snowfall Record Breakers:
Aspen/Snowmass – 450 inches
Beaver Creek – 430 inches
Crested Butte – 422 inches
Monarch Mountain – 482 inches
Powderhorn – 320 inches
Silverton – 550 inches (and counting)
Steamboat – 489 inches
Telluride – 353 inches

Vail saw their third snowiest winter on record, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort saw their fifth snowiest winter. Both Copper Mountain’s and Sunlight Mountain Resort’s snowfall totals landed in the top ten in resort history. Keystone tied its best snowfall in the previous eight years, and Eldora received their best snow year in the previous five years.

Although snow was slow to come in the beginning of the 2007-08 ski season, Colorado’s 26 member resorts saw a near perfect December as fresh snow fell 30 of 31 days in ski country. By the end of January, ceaseless snow storms left measurable amounts of snow 59 out of 62 days across the state, marking two of the best snow months on record at many resorts.

Powderhorn reported record December snowfall. December and January were record snowfall months at Aspen/Snowmass and Vail, and Telluride received record snowfall December through February. January and February snowfall totals were among the highest in Loveland’s history, and 2007-08 marked the first time Steamboat surpassed the 100-inch cumulative mark three months in one season (Dec.-Feb.).

As of today, Colorado’s 26 member resorts have received 141 days of measurable snowfall and tallied 105 powder days (calculated as at least one resort receiving five or more inches of new snow).

This weekend, guests can ski Aspen Highlands, Silverton, and Wolf Creek for the final time this season, as they end winter operations on Sunday. Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, and Loveland remain open for winter operations. A complete list of closing dates can be found at ColoradoSki.com.